Enforcing the law would be partisan

What to do With War Criminals

One issue that the incoming administration has on its plate is what to do with the various war criminals now kicking around as a result of the Bush-Cheney torture and detention policies. On the merits, I’d like to see forgiveness for implementers who were following what they were (falsely) assured were lawful orders and harsh measures for people on the policy level. In practice, it’s pretty clear that Don Rumsfeld isn’t going to wind up in jail. Michael Isikoff reports on the Obama campaign’s thinking:

If your religious faith does not teach you to oppose torture and hold torturers accountable, then what is it worth? Obama opposes torture in exactly the way Cardinal Law opposed child molestation, in a way that has no meaning for victims.


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